Carlton was seven months old when he grabbed a pot of hot oil. Discover what growing up through 50 surgeries has been like for Carlton.
In a split second a life can change forever.
At just seven months of age, as Carlton's mum Sharyn was cooking the family meal, Carlton grabbed the deep fryer and was covered in boiling hot oil.
Carlton had sustained burns to 75 per cent of his body: a quarter of them were third-degree burns. At only 14, Carlton has now had more than 50 surgeries in just 13 years.
He is proud to share his story with you because he is so grateful for the care and treatment he’s received at the Royal Children’s Hospital.
Carlton has a bright future... thanks to the generosity of people just like you.
While he has been lucky to have had the best treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital, if he had sustained his injuries today, rather than 13 years ago, he would have endured far less pain and trauma.
Thanks to Professor Roy Kimble’s internationally renowned research work at the Centre for Children’s Burns Research, some incredible breakthroughs have been achieved. But burns treatment still has a long way to go.
"This funding is so important!" Professor Kimble said. "Without donations, there wouldn’t be any research... these advances in burns treatment and prevention just wouldn’t be possible."
You can help the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation work wonders for more sick kids like Carlton by donating towards ground breaking research leading to faster diagnoses, better treatments and ultimately cures. Please give as generously as you can.
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Carlton and his family still visit the Royal Children’s Hospital for ongoing treatment. A message of support from you would mean a lot to Carlton, whose bravery has been inspirational.